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Why birds sing

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I saw God in a massive, secular, scientific book. I was Christmas shopping with my family in a mall several years ago. We shopped separately and had arranged to meet in the book store (I wonder who had that ingenious idea…) around a certain time. I was the first to arrive, and decided to wait in the center aisle of the book store, so I would be seen by my family members when they came in. I stood near a table with a variety of books on it, including the aforementioned huge book. I believe it was called Birdsong, and it was about, as you might guess, birds and their songs. I flipped through it, glanced at some pictures and diagrams, and read a few pages. I learned that singing is not necessarily easy for birds. They don’t just open their little beaks and let their songs out. Some birds have to do seemingly awkward and difficult things with their bellies and throats to make the right sounds. Scientists devised a complicated mouth harp which replicated the sound-producing parts of a bird, to see if a person could duplicate the song of a bird. After much practice and effort, the result was a poor imitation of the original. I looked at many very detailed pages, and the entire book seemed to be about the scientific mechanics of bird songs, or HOW birds sing.

There was a section at the back of the book about another book that was in the works, based on ongoing studies with the focus of WHY birds sing. A preliminary summary of the studies’ findings went something like this: Sometimes birds sing to warn of danger. Sometimes they sing to attract a mate. But for the most part, it appears that birds usually sing simply because…THEY LIKE TO SING. Wow. I got goose bumps when I read that, especially in the context of this completely secular manual. That is SO God. The Creator of all joy, beauty, and meaning designed birds to sing because they like to. I love finding God in science!

But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
or the bushes of the earth,and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
 In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:7-10